You do not need to worry. It sounds like you remain in valid non-immigrant status. As such, you may need your I-94. You will get a decision on the mail.
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I agree with attorney Barlow.
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Not on the basis of your I-94 not having been taken by the officer. You had been told incorrectly. It is completely discretionary with the officer whether to take your status form or not. Most officers in most jurisdictions I had interviews in, do not take status forms at the interview. Some do.
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There seems to be no reason to worry based on the facts you gave us. Walt for the decision to arrive in the mail within the next few weeks.
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Who ever 'told' you this doesn't know what they are talking about and the world would be better off if they stopped giving immigration advice.
You are perfectly fine ... don't count the days, it could take more than 3 weeks. The CIS officer is only able to give an estimate ... it is not a promise to do something in 21 days.
Relax, enjoy your new marriage and ... STAY IN SCHOOL.
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